Work to advance social and economic justice and quality of life of individuals, groups and families in urban and suburban communities.

The Department of Social Work strives to provide each student with the education and resources they need to enhance the social functioning and overall well-being of individuals, families, groups and communities. Social Work students who complete either a bachelor’s or master’s program will have a comprehensive theoretical base knowledge, field experience, and evidence-based practice skills grounded in social work ethics. Additionally, Lewis University offers various opportunities to join extracurricular activities and organizations, further allowing students to maximize their experiences and connect with peers.

Our Programs

Undergraduate students and working professionals have multiple options to earn their credentials at Lewis University:

Work, B.A.
  Master of Social Work, MSW  Social
Work, minor

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The Bachelor of Social Work Program and the Master of Social Work Program are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation.

Experienced Faculty at the Head of the Classroom

View the Social Work Department Faculty and Staff page to learn more about educators at Lewis University.

Recent Faculty Accomplishments:

  • Dr. Lorri McMeel was appointed a three-year term on the Child and Adolescent Social Work Editorial Board
  • Dr. Ellen Thursby was appointed a position on the Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health & Developmental Neuroscience Task Force
  • Dr. Ellen Thursby and Dr. Michael Lloyd are presenting at the BPD Annual Conference on Student Perceptions of the Learning Process in the Integrative Field Seminar in March 2020.

See What Current Social Work Students and Recent Graduates Are Up To

For more information contact the Office of Admission at or call (815) 836-5250.

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